Cheesy Fontina, Caramelized Onion, Chorizo and Artichoke Pizza + Peach and Prosciutto Pizza

Whenever my brother, Taylor, and I get together we seem to find a way to make pizza.  And this past weekend was no different.  On Friday evening, after arriving at the beach, we got to work on two totally different pizzas.

Taylor was in charge of prepping the dough in advance and I made sure we had all the necessary ingredients.

On the first pizza:

Layer of the best marinara sauce you can get your hands on
Caramelized onions
Cooked chorizo, garlic and chilies in adobo
Marinated artichokes
Fontina
Manchego
Basil

And on the second pizza:

EVOO
Fresh mozzarella
Juicy, sliced peaches
Prosciutto
Basil
Balsamic reduction

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And while both pizzas were incredibly delicious, my favorite was the sweet peach and salty prosciutto combination.  SO YUM.

But seriously, Taylor and I joke about opening up a pizza joint one day…

 

 

 

 

 

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Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

It’s grilling season, y’all!  The weather has been absolute perfection here in NC the past few days and it looks as if it’s going to stay gorgeous for awhile.  I savor these few weeks of Spring before the humidity hits and the bugs come out of hiding.  So between now and whenever that happens (before Memorial Day, if I had to guess), I’ll be enjoying as many meals al fresco as possible.

Warmer weather also brings about the desire to fill my plates with salads and fresh flavors from the garden.  Last night we enjoyed grilled flank steak served over homegrown greens with a salsa verde on the side that was packed with herbaceous flavors.

The flank steak is marinated in a EVOO, red wine vinegar, garlic, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.

After grilled to perfection (medium-rare, please), serve it with salsa verde that is a mix of fresh herbs (I used parsley, basil, chives and cilantro), garlic, a splash of red wine vinegar, capers, EVOO plus some salt and pepper.

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So simple yet so incredibly delicious.  Especially with a side of fresh air and the end of a beautiful Spring day.

 

Greek Marinated Flank Steak + Hummus Platter

This is my new favorite plate of food.  So many flavors.  So many textures.

hummusplate

We put together this plate last Saturday and every bite was epic.

On the platter:

Greek Marinated Flank Steak

Homemade Pita Bread

Roasted Red Peppers

Tzatziki

Garlic Hummus

Cucumber, Tomato and Feta Salad

I prepped a lot of the food the day before so it really came together fairly easy.  I prepped the salad the day before (added the feta the day of); I marinated the flank steak overnight (it uses the same dressing as the salad) and I made the tzatziki the day before (super easy – simply throw it all in the food processor and whirl).

The key to homemade hummus is tahini and peeling the chickpeas.  Yep, peeling the chickpeas.  If you follow me on SnapChat, you know this already.  It takes a little time, but it’s totally worth it.  I added a bunch of garlic to the hummus because I heart hummus.

The pita bread is a lot like making pizza dough.  The big difference is how you cook the pita.  The dough is split into smaller pieces and rolled as thin as possible.  Once you’re ready for the pita, heat up a cast iron skillet and cook until bubbly, flip and cook for about a minute and flip one more time until browned and crispy.

I am now obsessed with homemade pita bread.

I can’t even pick my favorite part of the plate – it was all amazing!!!!!

I’m looking forward to many more bites like these when we’re in Greece.

 

Paloma with Salty Habanero Sugar {thirsty thursday}

TGI-almost-F!

So let’s have a cocktail.  But not just any cocktail.  I deem this the best paloma I’ve ever had.

Yes, yes I do.

The difference between a paloma and a margarita is the lack of Grand Marnier in a paloma.  Which is probably why I’m voting paloma > margarita.

The key to the best paloma ever is a.) fresh grapefruit juice and b.) grapefruit-lime syrup.  Oh, and a side of the best guacamole ever doesn’t hurt either.

I mixed some of the habanero sugar we brought back from a spice shop in Asheville with a little salt for my glass rim.  But you can totally follow Jessica’s lead with the salty chili sugar and it will be equally delicious.

paloma

These are dangerous.  AKA – you can’t taste the tequila.

 

 

 

Friday Favorites {top 6 instagrammers}

If you know me, you know I love Instagram.  And I’m not ashamed.

Instagram > Facebook

All day, every day.

So today I’m sharing with you my top Instagram accounts to follow.  I took this task very seriously – I follow quite a lot of folks.  And I follow a lot of folks for a lot of different reasons.  But here are my favorites along with one of their Instagrammed photos (in no particular order).

@howsweeteats

glitter is my middle name. my blood runs neon.

She likes butter.  And chocolate.  And bacon.  And cheese.  What’s not to like?

Her blog is one of my absolute must reads every.single.day.

@minimalistbaker

ice cream enthusiast, part-time runner, writer, and blogger at Minimalist Baker

food, coffee, being active, my husband, taking photos, blogging, dancing, these are just a few of my favorite things

Her food always makes me want to lick the screen on my phone.  And her photography skills are undeniably amazing.

Seriously, I want to be her friend just so we could eat together.

Check out her blog.  I’m obsessed.

@lillypulitzer

Follow us as we Instagram from the Pink Palace, Palm Beach and beyond…

Lilly just makes me happy.  I can blame Big Guy for this love.

@whatsgabycookin

Chef. Author. Food Writer. Recipe Developer. Food Traveler. Adventure Girl. Publisher @ WhatsGabyCooking.com

Gaby adores guacamole.  She also goes on pretty amazing trips.  I always want to eat whatever she posts.

@laurenconrad

I’ve basically been obsessed with Lauren (LC) since her appearance on Laguna Beach.

@rdubaton

A collaborative, photo-only Instagram project for Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. Founded by @brittanyiery & @slbrinkley.

The concept behind this Instagram account is so cool.  Basically, a different person in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill “holds the baton” (is in charge of the Instgram account) each day.

They show you their “best of” and “favorites” of the city they’re in.  I love to follow this account because it’s places I actually go.  Regularly.  And it always gives me ideas of restaurants and bars to try.

Who is your favorite person to follow on Instagram?